JMRL partnering with VDH for reusable mask distribution

Starting Tuesday, June 16, JMRL will partner with the Virginia Department of Health to serve as a reusable mask distribution center.

Patrons will be able to receive free masks during JMRL’s curbside services, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am-2pm, at all branch locations.

“Wearing a cloth face covering is an important way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Rebecca Schmidt, Population Health Manager for the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD).”

“TJHD is dedicated to making sure that everyone in the community has access to masks and we are excited to partner with JMRL to make masks available at local libraries,” she said.

David Plunkett, JMRL’s Library Director, said the partnership will help the Library’s efforts to keep their staff and the community safe during curbside services.

“TJHD has really gone above and beyond to provide access to personal protective gear and other resources in the fight against COVID-19 for the people of Central Virginia,” Plunkett said.

“JMRL is glad to be able to partner with the Health Department in this endeavor to help keep our communities healthy.”

For more information about JMRL’s curbside services, visit www.jmrl.org.

Nelson Memorial Library to launch curbside services

Following months of closure due to ongoing construction and COVID-19, the Nelson Memorial Library is ready to offer curbside services starting Tuesday, June 16.

Curbside services will be provided using the same schedule as the other JMRL branches, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-2pm.

Library Director David Plunkett said both staff and patrons are excited for this next step.

“While the renovated building is not quite ready for public use yet, the Nelson Memorial Library is thrilled that construction is at a point that curbside service for library materials will be available starting June 16th,” Plunkett said.

“Patrons have been patiently waiting to be able to get their books, and the Nelson Memorial Library can’t wait to be able to provide that service!”

Patrons are still able to place holds on JMRL’s website and the return due date for all library materials is back to normal (three weeks from checkout).

There may be delays in holds due to the 72-hour quarantining of materials and limited delivery.

If patrons no longer want their holds, they should cancel them by going online or calling their branch.

Patrons should continue to follow social distancing guidelines while participating in the curbside pickups, including no contact and no access to the library buildings.

For specific information about curbside services at Nelson Memorial Library, please visit https://www.jmrl.org/br-nelson.htm

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JMRL moves to curbside pick-up

*Updated: Tuesday, June 16 at 10am

Following the Governor of Virginia’s phase one guidelines, JMRL moved into Tier 4 of their COVID-19 response on Tuesday, May 26.

Tier 4 updated with Nelson (1)

JMRL branches (now including Nelson Memorial Library) are reopen with a contactless curbside pick-up only option for library holds from Tuesdays-Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.

Northside Library offers pickup at the drive-up window.

During this phase, no special kits (such as toy kits), will be available to check-out.

Patrons can place holds on the JMRL website and the return due date for all library materials is back to normal.

Please be aware, there may be delays in holds due to the 72-hour quarantining of materials and limited delivery.

If patrons no longer want their holds, they should cancel them by going online or calling their branch.

Specific instructions are posted outside of each branch detailing how patrons will collect their materials and patrons can call their library branch for more details. Specific branch details are also located on http://www.jmrl.org (under the “Branches” green tab).

Book returns must be made through the book drops.

JMRL is still not accepting donations of books or media at this time.

More information, including access to virtual storytimes and virtual events, is located on http://www.jmrl.org.

For information about resources (such as online databases and eBooks), visit https://www.jmrl.org/wiki/COVID-19_Response_%26_Available_Online_Resources

Patrons should continue to follow social distancing guidelines while participating in the curbside pickups, including no contact and no access to the library buildings.

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